Last week, TAE featured some of the best places to visit for street art. The wonderful thing about those lists is that they’re not absolute – there are always more cities and countries out there that may surprise even the most well-traveled people. Sweden is just one of those places – I was looking through various sites looking for inspiration when I stumbled upon Swedish street art.
It’s fascinating how the artworks there are, since they have a lot of different kinds. They don’t limit themselves to graffiti, and as I’ve read there was even a point in time when graffiti was prohibited. I learned that there’s a zero-tolerance policy in Stockholm, and that all unauthorized street art should be taken down within the next 24 hours. That never stopped artists, though. After all, expression isn’t limited to one form.
Check out these “knitting graffiti” surrounding a street post in Stockholm:
Still, there’s graffiti, sculptures, and other quirky things you can find throughout the country. From pop culture references, to wisecracking street signs, to traditional murals and tagged artwork, there’s so much to see everywhere you turn!
Herr Nilsson’s work at Karbennings station building:
Here are some of the street art in Malmö:
They just get more creative in the heart of Stockholm:
…especially in front of the Russian embassy:
There’s even an art installation by Olabo over at Stureplan, featuring hyenas:
Here are even more, found in places like Gothenburg, Lund, Helsingborg, and many others!
Thanks so much for reading!